Warning: The following review and/or blurb may contain or does contain spoilers for previous books in the series.
Series: The Morganville Vampires #14
Size: 443 pages
Availability: Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook
Received free copy from Allison & Busby in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.
Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.
But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…
Fall of Night, Fall of Night.. not quite as bad as Bite Club, but no where near as good as Bitter Blood. In fact, this is a Morganville novel of two parts. The part where Claire is alone in this new town, and the part where everybody suddenly appears. The first part was just kind of boring.. sorry, but Morganville without Myrnin and Eve et al just isn’t the same. But then the second part woke up and we have a Morganville book that is once again fast paced and unpredictable and that made up a bit for the first half.
The thing I love most about the Morganville books is how easy to read they are. No matter what mood you’re in, how tired you are, they are easy, fun reads that are readable where many other books aren’t at certain times and I will always love them for this.
At the end of Bitter Blood, Amelie releases Claire, allowing her to leave Morganville to seek out more at MIT. Oliver is exiled for the part he played in her potential downfall, despite him being under the control of Naomi at the time, and Shane is most definitely in Claire’s bad books after seriously believing that she would cheat on him with Michael. I was pretty excited to see where all of this would lead in Fall of Night and I was under the impression that Shane would be going with Claire. I was wrong. She decided that she needed some space to get over the hurt he did her and somewhat teach him a lesson that she wasn’t so weak as to just forgive him. I thought she was being a little bit stubborn but at the very least, she stood her ground. Good girl. Still, I found her whiny and ridiculous, more so than usual.
There’s a whole host of new characters. Claire is to be roomates with her old best friend from high school, Liz. Though the moment we meet her, something is wrong. She’s high maintenance and thus very difficult to be around for Claire, especially as she is trying to be something she evidently isn’t, and seems to be very up and down with her moods. Claire can tell something has happened to this girl in the time Claire was in Morganville, and this guy stalking her isn’t helping matters. There’s the professor lady Claire’s to be working with who was once an assistant of Myrnin’s also. She seems pretty trustworthy, which let’s face it, doesn’t mean a thing in a Morganville book. Then there’s Jesse and Pete who are an awesome pair of characters, who help professor lady and work in the same bar Shane does. Yeah, that’s right. Shane ignored Claire’s wishes and followed her to keep an eye on her. Kind of sweet, also kind of wrong. I’m still not sure what I think of this.
We start hearing talk about the Daylight Foundation, who I’m unsure about. Sure they are the ultimate bad guy for the vampires, but I don’t think they’ll be any where near as interesting as Bishop or the Draug in my honest opinion, though they’re pretty ruthless.. which is in their favour as a bunch of scary bad guys. At the end of the day, this is the last Morganville book before the grand finale and even if it’s not the best instalment so far, you absolutely must read it before Daylighters, which is going to be all kinds of epic if that massive cliffhanger at the end of Fall of Night reveals anything. Oh and what was with that vicious dog bite of Shane’s? It’s referred to throughout the book but nothing is ever really revealed about it. Is he a were-dog now? Some kind of super vamp killer? Was it just a rapid dog? What? I felt that storyline just kind of floundered, and sure, if it’s going to be looked at later on but it needed something a little more in this book for all of the build it got.
As I said on Goodreads when I finished reading Fall of Night, and I quote, “Hmm. The first half wasn’t as good as usual but then it all started happening and it got pretty intense and.. blam. I just. CLIFFHANGER. Gah.”
The Morganville Vampires series:
1. Glass Houses
2. The Dead Girls’ Dance
3. Midnight Alley
4. Feast of Fools
5. Lord of Misrule
6. Carpe Corpus
7. Fade Out
8. Kiss Of Death
9. Ghost Town
10. Bite Club
11. Last Breath
12. Black Dawn
13. Bitter Blood
14. Fall of Night